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Watercolor Tattoo Shop

In Fredericksburg, Virginia


Realism is a style of tattooing without any hard black lines. The shading techniques focus on realistic shadows and colors to replicate how something would look if it was photographed or seen in real life.
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Watercolor tattoos can be done with or without black lines. The colors are typically looser and less precise focusing on a more abstract interpretation of life and replicating how art would be painted with watercolor paints on paper. Wild inorganic colors can be used to add a more fanciful blending of what’s real and what is in the artists imagination.
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Black & Grey

This style does not use any color pigments save for the occasional white highlights. Varying degrees of black ink blended with your natural skin pigment provide depth and contrast.
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Illustrative tattoos draw from reality without trying to look realistic. This style allows a lot of freedom in the design to incorporate elements that would not not typically be together in nature. Designs can be simple and easy to interpret or very complex creating a depth not achieved through any other style.
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This style does not try to directly represent the real world, instead using colors and shapes to create a feeling that supersedes the subject matter. This style is wildly creative and often pieces can be interpreted differently by everyone. This style will typically incorporate the shape of the body to create a three-dimensional work of art not found in any other medium.
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Conveniently located on Route 1
in Fredericksburg, Virginia

conveniently located on Lafayette Blvd, near 4-mile Fork

Conveniently located on Route 1
in Fredericksburg, Virginia

in the shopping center north of Mary Washington Hospital

Front of Human Canvas Tattoo Shop

Who We Are

Human Canvas Tattoo Studio was established in 2014 by Brad Bellante. We wanted to build a clean safe environment where all would feel welcome. Our main focus is providing clients with the highest quality artwork possible. Since tattoo has evolved significantly in the past few years we want to embrace the change and step away from what you would expect from traditional tattoo shops.

We use the best and newest techniques and equipment, constantly working hard to bring the craft further and further as we explore new ways to create art that many thought impossible a few years ago. Realism and watercolor tattoos take a higher level of precision and our artist work hard to stay on the cutting edge of how to properly apply these styles. Our collective energy and years of experience has built a strong team of some of the most talented artists in the area.

Claim Your Slot!

Excited to see how artists capture your vision in vivid color? Ready for a custom, impressive watercolor tattoo? We’re usually booked two to four months out, so don’t wait. Browse our availability and book your appointment today!

Why We’re Different

Clean, Friendly Environment

Whether this is your first tattoo or your tenth, we want you to feel welcome and comfortable.

Watercolor & Realism Tattoo Experts

We strive for excellence in providing the best watercolor and realism tattoos in the greater DMV area.

Customized Designs

Let your imagination be your guide! Our artists can customize any design for just for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

This is my first time at your studio. Which artist should I pick?

Picking your artist is a very important step in receiving the tattoo you are envisioning.  While each artist apprenticed under Brad, our owner. And all may appear to have similar styles.  They each still have their own flavor and techniques that brings a unique feel to each artist’s work.  We recommend looking through each artists portfolio.  You want to book with the artist whose work looks most like what you want your tattoo to look like.

Do you take walk-ins?

We are typically booked solid, and do not take walk-ins. However, occasionally an artist will have a cancelation or a change of schedule and will be available to take walk-ins. If this does happen it will typically be very short notice and we will post on our social media accounts to let everyone know. It will be on a first come first serve basis and only for a limited amount of time. 

How do I book an appointment?

Please read carefully as our booking process is a bit complicated.

All of our artists book in blocks of three months, meaning that the months of January, February, and March will be the only dates available to book when our schedules open up for quarter one. We would not start booking the months of April, May, June until quarter two.  We begin taking appointments on the 15th of the month prior to each quarter. So on that date (March 15th, June 15th, Sept 15th, Dec 15th) when we open our books to take appointments you would need to submit an appointment application. Once we receive your application your artist will reach out to you through email or phone to discuss the details of your tattoo. From there your artist will take a NON-REFUNDABLE $100 deposit and find you a date and time for your tattoo appointment. On the date of your tattoo appointment, your artist will have your design drawn up and ready, allowing for time to make adjustments, if needed, and you will begin your tattoo.

Once each artist has filled all available appointment slots for that quarter, they will stop taking appointment applications and will no longer be booking appointments. This unfortunately means that not everyone will be able to book appointments.  As our artist are in very high demand and we receive more appointment applications than we have time to do.  But do not worry, next quarter when we open our books again you can submit another appointment application.


  • Quarter 1 (Booking starts Dec 15th) – Appointment dates for January, February, March
  • Quarter 2 (Booking starts March 15th) – Appointment dates for April, May, June
  • Quarter 3 (Booking starts June 15th) – Appointment dates for July, August, September
  • Quarter 4 (Booking starts September 15th) – Appointment dates for October, November, December
How much will my tattoo cost?

The price of your tattoo entirely depends on what you are getting. We have a minimum of $150 – $200 depending on size.

If you are getting something that can be done in a single session, your artist will quote you a price before you begin. Pricing may also be discussed at the initial consultation. If you have a budget to stay under, just let your artist know and we will do our best to find a way to keep it within your budget.

For larger tattoos, we may charge by the hour. The hourly rate is between $200 – $300 per hour depending on your artist and what type of work you are doing.  But once again your artist will discuss your hourly rate before beginning.

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